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119: A Conversation With host Floyd Marshall Jr. – EPS 119 – Janaya Black’s Film Vision Takes Flight

Janaya Black, the President and CEO of Black-Smith Enterprises, recently sat down for a podcast interview to discuss her journey in the film industry and her passion for storytelling. Along with her husband, Rockey Black, Janaya has delved into the world of independent filmmaking and theater, creating a diverse portfolio of projects that showcase her talent and creativity.

Starting as an author in 2004, Janaya wrote and published her first fiction novel, "The Breaking Point," which eventually led to her foray into filmmaking. After collaborating with her husband on a trailer for her book, Janaya discovered her love for the art of filmmaking and went on to write, direct, and produce several film projects and stage plays. Some of her notable works include "Turn of the Cheek," "Street Code Broken," "Sons of a Preacher," and "God Forgives, I Don't."

During the podcast interview, Janaya shared how she and her husband entered the film industry with little to no experience but were fortunate to connect with seasoned professionals who mentored them along the way. Their commitment to building relationships and their passion for storytelling propelled them forward, leading to the creation of impactful and engaging projects.

One of the key aspects of Janaya's creative process is her dedication to rehearsals and ensuring that her actors have a strong understanding of their characters and the story. By allowing flexibility for actors to bring their interpretations to the characters while also maintaining the script's integrity, Janaya strikes a balance between creative collaboration and staying true to her vision as a writer and director.

The interview also touched on Janaya's transition from filmmaking to stage plays, where she adapted her books into theatrical productions. Despite the challenges of the rehearsal process in theater, Janaya embraced the opportunity to explore a different form of storytelling and engage with live audiences.

Reflecting on the first time she heard an audience react to her work, Janaya described it as the "best feeling in the world." The validation and connection with viewers and theatergoers affirmed her passion for storytelling and the impact of her creative endeavors. As the President and CEO of Black-Smith Enterprises, Janaya Black continues pushing boundaries and exploring new entertainment avenues. Through her dedication to her craft, her commitment to relationships, and unwavering passion for storytelling, Janaya Black's film vision continues to take flight, leaving a lasting impression on audiences and industry professionals alike.

For more information on Janaya Black and her upcoming projects, visit http://www.black-smithenterprises.com. Stay tuned for more exciting developments from this talented writer, director, and producer.

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